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Berkeley and the rankings, this time U.S. News and World Reputation

A pair of recent rankings reaffirms Berkeley’s preeminence as a public university and within a global elite. In the U.S. News annual release of graduate rankings, Berkeley programs ranked among the very best in the nation, with 14 disciplines ranked No. 1. The campus also is firmly cemented in the “elite six” of world universities, maintaining its fifth-place spot in the 2013 reputation rankings released by Times Higher Education. Despite deep state disinvestment in Berkeley, the university has managed to preserve its public character and remain a model of “access and excellence” for public higher education by being creative, entrepreneurial, and innovative, says Chancellor Robert Birgeneau in an analysis that accompanies the new rankings.

Researchers find 25 countries using surveillance software

A computer science doctoral student at Berkeley, along with a security researcher at the University of Toronto, uncovered evidence that some 25 governments may be using surveillance software to spy on their own citizens. The findings were reported March 13 in The New York Times.

Cal Day

Expand your universe at Cal Day, April 20

Cal Day, the annual campus open house, is set for April 20. If you happen to be in the Bay Area, make sure to stop by and explore hundreds of activities scheduled that day. There will be more than 300 unique events, including tours, lectures, and museum events, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. — and admission is free. Starting March 27, you will be able to create your own Cal Day from the complete schedule to be posted online.

Cal Day

Center for Young Entrepreneurs at Haas — YEAH — has much to cheer about

The Center for Young Entrepreneurs at Haas, known by the rallying acronym YEAH, has much to cheer about. Not only has the program succeeded in transforming the lives of at-risk high school students for more than 20 years — ensuring that 100 percent of its participants go on to college — it has produced a compelling video that spells out its impact and calls on the public to support it. YEAH has also given Haas students the opportunity to go “beyond themselves”—one of the school’s four defining principles — by serving as mentors. You can support the program by buying a raffle ticket for a Chevy Volt (winner announced in May).

March Madness: Cal men and women in NCAA Tournament

The California men's basketball team earned its fourth NCAA Tournament selection in five seasons under head coach Mike Montgomery and faced No. 5 seed UNLV on Thursday in San Jose. Meanwhile, the women’s basketball team earned its second straight at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament and was awarded a No. 2 seed in the Spokane Regional where the Bears will face No. 15 seed Fresno State (24-8, 13-3 Mountain West) for a first-round game on Saturday, March 23 in Lubbock, Texas. Tip-off is scheduled for 1:20pm PT/4:20 pm ET on ESPN2.

Looking back — and ahead — with Chancellor Birgeneau

Chancellor Robert Birgeneau sat down recently for an interview with California magazine about his nine-year tenure, his accomplishments and legacy, and about looking forward to the future of UC Berkeley and public higher education.

Commencement set for May 18; Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak to keynote

Berkeley’s Class of 2013 has chosen Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak ’86 to be keynote speaker at the May 18 Commencement at California Memorial Stadium. Wozniak is currently chief scientist for the data-storage company Fusion-io. The Commencement Web site has more information targeted at graduating students and their families, including ticket details, individual department ceremonies, and the Senior Class Gift campaign.

Wall of Fame honors five illustrious alumnae

To celebrate Women’s History Month in March, the Berkeley Wall of Fame welcomes five alumnae dating back to 1894 who have made remarkable contributions to the world — and who keenly represent the interests of their era. You can see four of the women now. Come back next week to read about our newest, and final, selection.

  • Julia Morgan 1894 was California’s first prominent female architect and one of the West Coast’s greatest designers of all time, counting many campus gems in her legacy.
  • Beverly Cleary ’38 has won the hearts of decades of young readers worldwide with such universal characters as Henry Huggins, Ralph S. Mouse, and Ramona Quimby.
  • Mimi Silbert M.A. ’65, D.Crim. ’68 founded an organization that proves how addicts and felons can turn their lives around — when others don’t believe it’s possible.
  • Cher Wang ’82, one of the world’s most influential women in technology, co-founded HTC Corporation, maker of one out of every six smartphones sold in the United States.

I-House raffle is back!

Ooh la la! The International House Raffle is back and better than ever. You can win a one-week stay in Paris plus $3,000 cash, or a three-night stay in a luxury Pebble Beach vacation home. Tickets are on sale through April 18 (April 17 for international buyers). Winners will be selected at the April 18 I-House Gala, contacted by e-mail, and announced on the I-House Web site. You can save money when you buy more tickets ($100 each, $180 for two, $400 for five). All proceeds from the raffle will support the Fund for I-House, which provides critical support for resident scholarships as well as the day-to-day operations of the House. Entries are capped at 1,000. Bonne chance!



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